Eradicating famine? My ninja, please.
After WWII, there was a concerted effort to find ‘peaceful’ uses for atomic energy. One of the ideas was to bombard plants with radiation and produce lots of mutations, some of which, it was hoped, would lead to plants that bore more heavily or were disease or cold-resistant or just had unusual colors. (Source)
A year ago, a massive oil spill began in the Gulf. The entire country was glued to the news until the well was capped, and then we forgot about it.
No space or time? Try container gardening…a 101 that covers info on soil, containers, vegetables, watering and insects…
One of the biggest mistakes organic gardeners can make is using treated wood for containers. Chemicals that the wood has been treated with can leach into the soil and into your vegetables. Choose raw, natural wood instead. Ceramic or clay pots are also available, and of course, the cheapest option is plastic. Make sure all the containers have areas for drainage. Most store-bought containers have a hole in the bottom already, but if you’re making your own, be sure to add one. (Source)
Whats New? covering whats new in tech, this week visits a Mass High Tech news editor Rodney Brown interview with Bill Joy, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer about cleantech investing, the New England science scene, and the Kurzweil-Joy debate.
Q: A number of VC firms seem to have backed out of cleantech investing. What is Kleiner Perkins’ view on investing in cleantech?
A: We have a lot of partners working in it and I think our approach is different. Historically, the best returns have been in IT and waves of the Internet and semiconductors. We don’t have Moores Law and we don’t have Metcalfe’s Law - we don’t the positive return economics like we have in the friction-free world of the Internet, of social media. But could there be some sort of economic phenomenon we could find that would let us have the kinds of legendary venture class returns in greentech? We have a thesis - it’s not proven yet in that we haven’t had enough liquidity to justify the approach - but we feel pretty good about the way were doing at least the portion of our greentech portfolio that is trying to hit these grand slams.
Soil, it comes to pass is the key component of a healthy biosphere; it can easily store up to 5 times as much carbon as the plants and animals on top of it and it is home to a great many beneficial organisms which facilitate the nutrient cycle necessary for plant growth. A better understanding of soil is the key to a successful relationship with Gaia. Soil is not there just to feed plants, it helps regulate and moderate the atmosphere and climate, stores nutrients and water and more importantly houses the microbes and fungi essential for maintaining life. Soil is what connects it all together. (Source)
A couple of students learn about social entrepreneurship and mushroom farming on coffee grounds and share at TEDxPresidio:
Some herbal remedies…
BLESSED THISTLE - strengthens the memory by bringing oxygen to the brain.
CAPSICUM - was Grandma’s favorite catalyst herb for good reason. It carries all other herbs quickly to the part of the body where they are most needed and increases their effectiveness. It is considered by herbalists everywhere to be a supreme and harmless internal disinfectant. It is unequalled for warding off disease. It is known as the purest and best stimulant in the herbal kingdom. It is a catalyst herb, enhancing the effectiveness of all other herbs, and carrying them quickly to the part of the body where they are most needed.
GOTU KOLA - is able to rebuild energy reserves, increase mental and physical strength, combat stress and improve reflexes. It is said also to have an energizing effect on the brain, which helps to overcome mental fatigue.